Vincent A. Brooks Sr., 75, who retired in 1975 as head chef at Blackie's House of Beef in Washington, died Friday at Howard University Hospital. He had cancer.
Mr. Brooks was head chef at Blackie's for 13 years. During this time, he helped develop the famous cheese cake served at the restaurant. Prior to becoming head chef at Blackie's in 1962, Mr. Brooks had worked at the Ted Lewis Restaurant on Connecticut Avenue.
A native of Camden, N.J., he began his career in the food business in 1925 when he began working in hotels in Atlantic City, N.J. He came to Washington in 1929 and was a chef at the Kennedy-Warren Hotel during the 1930s.
He had attended Howard University.
Mr. Brooks joined the St. Paul & Augustine Catholic Church in 1929, chaired a church fund-raising committee, was vice chairman of the administration committee and member of the Holy Name Society.
He was active in Democratic Party politics, serving as a Ward 1 block captain and a poll captain in the Adams-Morgan section of the city.
Survivors include his wife, Marie E., of Washington; a son, Vincent A. Jr., of Hyattsville; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.